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Remembering Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Impact on Law, History

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Sept. 18, 2020 due to metastatic pancreatic cancer.

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor

September 22, 2020

Editor's Note: The Buchtelite does not have any political or religious, nor does it endorse any particular political view or religion. This article was written solely to remember the accomplishments of former Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Recently, headlines have been filled with the recent passin...

Letter to the Editor: Congratulations to The Buchtelite for Receiving the 2019-2020 Rupert Latture Memorial New Student Organization Award

The members of The Buchtelite Staff during the Fall 2019 semester.

By Julie Cajigas, Faculty Advisor

April 22, 2020

To the editor: As the Advisor of The Buchtelite, my voice is not published in the paper, but instead supports the voices of the students by helping them grow in their understanding and application of professional and ethical journalistic principles. Today, I’d like to break with that in submitti...

Editorial: Thank a Retail Worker During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Aisles that normally house non-perishable foods and other supplies are nearly empty after shoppers engage in “panic buying” due to COVID-19.

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

March 17, 2020

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused major changes to the American workforce. Many businesses have employees working from home and teachers are preparing to teach in an online format. Workers in restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms and other social gathering places are facing financial uncertainty as their places of employment close down. Retail is one of the few industries that has not y...

Question: What is One Thing You Want to Do Before You Graduate?

On the spot interviews about new topics each week!

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

March 9, 2020

Deacon Allen, Freshman, Communication “I play football, so I would love to win a conference game. That would be great.” Emma Stanec, Junior, Sociology “I think one thing that I’d want to do is take the LSAT test.” Amelia Pier, Sophomore, Biological Anthropology “Probab...

Question: Do You Prefer Cats or Dogs? Why?

On the spot interviews about new topics each week!

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

February 27, 2020

Vanessa Berlin, Freshman, Sports Management “I have cats, so I like cats, but I like dogs as well. So, both.” Princella Ackon, Sophomore, Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy “Neither. I don’t like animals.” Joshua Snider, Freshman, Mechanical Engineering “I thin...

Question: Are You Registered to Vote? Why or Why Not?

On the spot interviews about new topics each week!

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

February 20, 2020

Mi’chael Fitch, Sophomore, Cultural Anthropology “I am registered to vote, because your voice matters. We have a lot of topics and a lot of issues in the world that we need to have a part in and try to change them, if we can.” Nikki Winkel, Junior, International Business and Human Resource ...

Question: Are You Concerned About the Coronavirus? Why or Why Not?

On the spot interviews about new topics each week!

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

February 13, 2020

Kamari Davis, Senior, Psychology “I am actually concerned about the coronavirus, because I don’t really know what it is. I just want to be protected. I don’t want to get any unknown viruses.” Stacia Miller, Senior, Psychology “Somewhat, just because of the way it’s being portrayed on social media...

Question: When Does a Person Become an Adult?

On the spot interviews about new topics each week!

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

February 6, 2020

Courtney Troyer, Sophomore, Pre-Law “When they start living on their own, making decisions for themselves, and making their own money.” Kyle Ferguson, Sophomore, Psychology “Basically when they turn eighteen. You’re just kind of thrown into the responsibility of being an adult. You have ...

1984 by George Orwell: A Book Fitting for Modern Times

An excerpt from page 298 of “1984” by George Orwell.

By Caitlin Heintz, Online Editor

February 5, 2020

Alexa, read me ‘1984’ by George Orwell Alexa, Siri, Google Home and Ring doorbells have all become the new normal for Americans as the helpful virtual assistants that we can't seem to function without.  Think back to high school. A good majority of us had been handed ‘1984’ with the intent...

Question: What is Your Opinion on the Impeachment Trial?

On the spot interviews about new topics each week!

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

January 31, 2020

Emma Harlukowicz, Freshman, Accounting “Personally, I’m not that involved in politics, so I really don’t know that much going on with it.” Derek Mohos, Freshman, Computer Engineering “I don’t think it’s going to go through." Cara Bunner, Freshman, Biochemistry ...

Editorial: Elevator Malfunction Left Me Trapped in Kolbe Hall for Almost 4 Hours

On my first day at The University of Akron in 2017, a student told me they got stuck in the elevator once.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

January 29, 2020

Going into the first two weeks of my last semester as an undergraduate student at The University of Akron, I thought the semester would start strong with no issues. I was wrong. Being a Communication major, most of my classes are held in Kolbe Hall. For those who don’t know, a new elevator was insta...

All UA Students Encouraged to Participate in Volunteering

In 2016, two of my former roommates, other students and myself helped clean up the facilities at the Akron BMX Track.

By Jessica Ricks, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 18, 2019

In my last four years at The University of Akron, my personal favorite way to get involved on has been to volunteer. Each of my volunteer experiences, from organizing donations in local Goodwills to passing out candy during Boo at the Akron Zoo, have exposed me to the greater community and inspir...

Letter to the Editor: Reinvest in Student Success

Letter to the Editor: Reinvest in Student Success

By Collin T. Hayes, BA in Political Science, The University of Akron, Class of 2017

October 21, 2019

To President Miller and the Members of the Board of Trustees: I write this letter as a proud Akron Zip, a sentiment which was completely unfamiliar to me just five years ago. The path which brought me to Akron was long and winding; suffice it to say, after many false starts and missteps, UA offered...

Why Get Involved as Zips Sports Start Again

InfoCision Stadium at The University of Akron, with a seating capacity of around 30,000 people.

By Tyler Lane, News & Sports Contributor

September 8, 2019

I wanted to take the time to welcome all Zips back to campus! The fall semester is always a very exciting time at The University of Akron. Between athletics, clubs, groups, employment, and so much more, the opportunities to be involved with campus life are endless. A great way to start involvement ...

Advice to a Younger Sibling Starting College

This was the day I took my brother’s senior photographs for high school, before he decided to follow me to college.

By Megan Parker, Editor-in-Chief

September 3, 2019

There are several reasons why someone may choose to attend college at one place versus another. These can include affordability, courses offered and even as a way to get away from family for some independence. This was not the case when my brother, Noah Parker, made his decision to attend The Univer...

The Buchtelite Prepares for Transition in Leadership

Megan Parker (left) and Brooklyn Dennison (right) pose for a photograph after an interview for a special edition story.

By Brooklyn Dennison and Megan Parker

April 24, 2019

As the school year comes to an end, editors at The Buchtelite move on to future prospects, as is the case with current Editor-in-Chief Brooklyn Dennison and Copy Editor Megan Parker   Dennison will be graduating with a degree in media studies this May, leaving her leadership role to Parker. &n...

Why Everyone Should Take a Poetry Class

“Daring to Take up Space, by Daniell Koepke” by Book Catalog

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2019

As someone who is not an English major, I was extremely hesitant to take any type of poetry class. In my mind, poetry was dull, meaningless words written by old men.   However, when I took a class called “American women poets” for my women’s studies minor, I was quickly immersed in the world o...

Meet UA’s First Graduate: Susannah Chamberlain Cole

Susannah Chamberlain Cole.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

April 1, 2019

From millions of women in India joining hands to fight for gender equality to Captain Marvel topping box office milestones, 2019 has been a great year for women. To celebrate these achievements and this year’s Women’s History Month, The Buchtelite will be taking a look back in time at The Universit...

Dining Services Needs Healthier, Vegetarian-Friendly Options

Rob's Café.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

March 18, 2019

Being a vegetarian at The University of Akron has never been a problem until this semester when I found myself being on campus for over 12 hours at a time due to my class and work schedule.   Over the course of the semester, I have found that the non-meat options provided by Aramark, UA’s food service...

Women of Color to Celebrate During Women’s History Month

Women of Color to Celebrate During Women’s History Month

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2019

During Women’s History Month, people like the suffragettes usually come to mind: just think about how many children will be taught about Susan B. Anthony this month.   While the suffragettes and other white activists have made important contributions to women’s history, women of color are usually ...

Letter to the Editor: True Meaning of Socialism

Letter to the Editor: True Meaning of Socialism

February 25, 2019

It is about time that the American people were educated and informed about what true "Socialism" is and is not.   The fact is that in true socialism, "the means of production" are owned and controlled by all of the people. In other words, in true socialism all of the workplaces and businesses...

Special: “Why I’m Proud to Be Black”


By The Editorial Board

February 21, 2019

The month of February marks Black History Month, a time to remember the generations of African Americans that persevered to obtain their citizenship. To celebrate the month, The Buchtelite interviewed students asking them why they are proud to be black. Adey Abeba “I'm proud to be who I am. I'm proud to be...

Valentines Day: Celebrating Love and Heteronormativity

Valentines Day: Celebrating Love and Heteronormativity

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2019

Valentine’s Day means a lot of different things for people. For some, it’s a day to celebrate your love for your partner or to spend with your friends and have brunch. For others, it’s a day of sadness and dread. However, despite people’s different views on the day of love, one thing is al...

Buchtelite Holiday Recipes

Buchtelite Holiday Recipes

By Brooklyn Dennison, Jake Herron, Sala Wier, Megan Parker, Jordyn Etling, and Kristen Lauck

December 12, 2018

One of the greatest gifts each holiday season are the delicious and delicate treats all around. Here are some that members of the Editorial Board like to indulge in:   Prettiest Peanut Butter Cookies Brooklyn Dennison Editor in Chief   This is a rather new recipe that I have been trying out...

City on the Rise: Bowery Project Brightens Akron Future

South Main Street in Downtown Akron.

By Matthew Hogan, Guest Writer

December 12, 2018

The classic quote, “Why not Akron,” has never been more relevant than it is today. 2018 saw the launch of the Bowery Project downtown and with it, a promising future for the city. A full article on what the project entails can be found in a piece written by Crain’s Business, here. In summ...

Bohemian Rhapsody: Another Flop for LGBTQ Representation

Image via Creative Commons.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2018

When I was a child, I used to take my parents' old Queen CD’s and play them nonstop. So when I began watching the movie about frontman Freddie Mercury, I was thrilled. Unfortunately, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the 2018 movie about Mercury’s life, did not meet my expectations. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was not a terrible ...

Remembering Trans Lives

Image via Ted Eytan.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2018

Nov. 20 marks Transgender Day of Remembrance, an event started in 1999 to honor people whose lives have been lost to anti-trans violence. According to GLAAD, a non-governmental LGBTQ organization, the day was started by Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to Rita Hester. The vigil commemorated all the t...

LGBTQ-Friendly Statewide Candidates to Vote for

LGBT Solidarity Rally in front of the Stonewall Inn in solidarity with every immigrant, asylum seeker, refugee and every person impacted by Donald Trump's illegal, immoral, unconstitutional and un-American executive orders. (Image via Flickr)

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2018

Despite thanking the LGBTQ community and ensuring their safety in a 2016 tweet, President Donald Trump and his administration have done nothing but rollback LGBTQ rights that took decades to establish. Some of these rollbacks, according to The Leadership Conference, include barring trans-individuals fr...

Midterm Study Tips: Personal Study Techniques From One College Student to Another

With Midterms coming up, students know it's about that time to start hitting the books. (Photo courtesy of Pexels)

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

October 15, 2018

As a junior year Psychology student, I know how daunting testing sounds. Midterms are only a taste of what finals hold, but with a lot of studying and self-care, you’ll be just fine. My first tip is simply said, but difficult to be done: Don’t stress too much. A little stress here or there nev...

The Courage It Takes: National Coming Out Day

Photo courtesy of creative commons.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2018

When I was 13, I came to the conclusion that I identified as bisexual. I told no one but my closest friends for fear of reprisal. When I was 20, I realized that bisexual was not the right fit for me, so I came out as biromantic, which is a bi person who also identifies as asexual. I told nobody but...

Dreaming of the Good Times at UA

(Buchtelite file photo)

By Charles Bohnak, Freelance Reporter Emertitus

October 6, 2018

"I been away a long time." The last words of the iconic narrator of Ken Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest have been on my mind the past week. This May, it will be seven years since I graduated from The University of Akron. I am trying to remember what it was like to have the mind of a ...

CHAARG in the Age of #Fitspiration

Hayley Boucher says  CHAARG is more than just an Instagram community, it’s a completely safe space for all members, at each and every event. We are a judge free zone. (Photo courtesy of Kayla Pretzer)

By Kristen Lauck, Social Media & Special Editions Editor

October 3, 2018

“A student organization on Akron’s campus that promotes health and wellness, friendship and is comprised of empowered girls? Sign me up!” This was exactly my thought process when I decided to join CHAARG at The University of Akron, which stands for Changing Health, Attitudes and Actions to Recreate Girls. But...

ZipAssist is the Plug

The ZipAssist desk located in the lobby of Simmons Hall.

By Réyna Pérez, Guest Writer

October 3, 2018

“I wouldn’t have been able to keep driving without the necessary repairs made to my car that ZipAssist helped me with,” one student said about ZipAssist, preferring not to be named. “My axle was bad, I had a busted tie rod in the front and a broken window in the back and more. It was hard enou...

Media Students Belong on WZIP

Mylor Acquaah speaks live on air on WZIP in 2015. (Buchtelite file Photo)

By Isaiah Houde, Guest Writer

October 2, 2018

“I would not be where I am right now if I never joined WZIP, it changed my life for the better,”  former WZIP member, Dahmere Epperson, said. The college-run radio station, WZIP, is the ultimate experience for students at The University of Akron who are interested in media because it provides un...

Editor’s Note: Clarification

September 28, 2018

I would like to comment on the recent editorial The Buchtelite published, "UA Board of Trustees Making Decisions Based on Their Own Interests, Not the Students.’" In the eighth paragraph, there was a statement that read: "Most students do not attend UA because it was their first choice. They attend this scho...

Editorial: UA Board of Trustees Making Decisions Based on Their Own Interests, Not the Students’

The University of Akron Board of Trustees reviews a chart presented by Interim President John Green during their Aug. 15, 2018 meeting.

By The Buchtelite Editorial Board

September 17, 2018

The Board of Trustees is not making decisions based on the interests of the students and faculty, but instead on trends that will ultimately destroy the credibility of The University of Akron. On Aug. 15, the board decided to phase out 80 “underperforming” academic programs, which were taken from ...

Letter to the Editor: Degree Cuts at UA

Letter to the Editor: Degree Cuts at UA

By Sharon Marquart, B.A. in French, Minor in Studio Art The University of Akron, Class of 2000

September 17, 2018

Dear President Green, Provost Ramsier and Members of the Board of Trustees, I am writing in response to the recent cuts that have been made to 19% of degree programs at the University of Akron. I graduated from Akron in May 2000 with a B.A. in French and a Minor in Studio Art, and I am currently an...

LGBTQ+ Terms to Know for Diversity Week

(Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

September 17, 2018

Happy Diversity Week at The University of Akron! This week is about celebrating and learning about minorities, so in the spirit of that, I am going to teach you about LGBTQIA+ terminology. As a queer person, I find that many people, especially non-queer people, do not know the meaning of words relating...

A Conversation About Abortion

Signs from Created Equal.

By The Buchtelite Staff

September 12, 2018

Brooklyn Dennison Editor-in-Chief Personally, I am an avid advocate of a person’s right to an abortion. I believe that abortion is an inherent right of a person because it is their body. If you want to give the rights to a fetus, you are placing the rights a clu...

Engaging in Self Care is More Important than Education: Advice from Personal Experiences

“Brain Exercising,” by Tumisu. (Graphic courtesy of Creative Commons)

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

September 12, 2018

After the fourth 12-hour day in a row, I make my way home from my University job and throw myself onto the couch, utterly exhausted and unable to do anything but stare at the bundle of school work I have piling up. Since The University of Akron implemented Five-Star Fridays, my work day has become long an...

Akron’s Second Pride Festival: Bigger, Better than Before

Organizers and volunteers couldn’t be more proud of how the 2018 Akron LGBTQ Pride Festival turned out, as more people attended and shared the experience together. (Graphic courtesy of the Akron Pride Festival)

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

August 29, 2018

Akron celebrated its second LGBTQ Pride Festival on Aug. 25, 2018, with the March for Equality from Highland Square to the activity-filled festival at Hardesty Park on West Market Street. Gertrude Wilms, Chief City Prosecutor and LGBTQ Liaison to Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said Akron’s first Pride F...

A Thanks to the Student Body and Buchtelite Staff

The Buchtelite Editorial Staff. (From left to right: Brooklyn Dennison, Robert Barrett, Jr., Erika Newcome, Sala Wier, Brianna Cramer and Jake Herron)

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2018

The Buchtelite has grown substantially over the course of the school year and it could not have been done without the help of the student body. As the independent student newspaper, The Buchtelite takes pride in both writing news that students may not have known about and relaying their concerns and...

University Out of Touch With Graduating Students

(Photo courtesy of Pixaby)

By Robert Barrett, Jr. and Erika Newcome

May 11, 2018

The University of Akron will be holding several graduation ceremonies from May 11 to May 13. Each of these ceremonies will be held at E.J. Thomas Hall. This may be of concern to many students. The University splits graduation ceremonies by divisions of respective colleges and degree levels, such as graduat...

Five-Star Fridays: Choose Between Health, Homework, Happiness

Using my spare time between classes this semester, I (left) helped table for the Buchtelite in the Student Union. This might not be possible during the fall semester.

By Megan Parker, News Contributor

May 4, 2018

With the end of my first year at The University of Akron almost in sight, I have been taking the time to look back at all the adventures I’ve been on, the friends I have made and the changes within myself as a full-time college student. As a college student who is physically disabled, I have been abl...

Make the Most of Your Summer: as Told by The Buchtelite Staff

The Buchtelite Editorial Staff. (From left to right: Brooklyn Dennison, Robert Barrett, Jr., Erika Newcome, Sala Wier, Brianna Cramer and Jake Herron)

By The Buchtelite Editorial Staff

April 27, 2018

Brooklyn Dennison Editor-in-Chief A great way to have fun this summer while simultaneously gaining volunteer experience is to volunteer at your local animal shelter. If you are an animal lover like me, you may want to spend time with animals. You could go to zoos, ...

Athletic Spending in Higher Education

The seven-level press tower at InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field, The University of Akron’s football stadium.

By Robert Barrett, Jr., Copy Editor

April 27, 2018

At the beginning of April, I attended a talk at The University of Akron by Dr. B. David Ridpath. Afterward, I wrote an article reporting the happenings of the event but I feel more needs to be said about athletic spending, particularly at UA. Walking throughout Akron’s campus, several newer-lo...

President Steps Down; Students Deserve Answers

Buchtelite file photo

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

April 27, 2018

Over the past two months, President Matthew Wilson has made a number of decisions that directly affect and concern students at The University of Akron. Although he says he cares about students, his claims are not consistent with his actions. On Feb. 15, students received a message from President Wilson th...

Following Florida School Shooting, Students Unite to Say ‘Enough’

Students march at start of the UA walkout.

By Pam Duncan, Guest Writer

April 6, 2018

One month after a gunman took the lives of 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, a nationwide school walkout took place on March 14, to memorialize the lost and advocate for legislative action to limit access to automatic weapons. UA freshm...

Making the Most of Spring Break

The Sun sets behind the Times Square Pier at Fort Myers Beach.

By The Buchtelite Editorial Staff

March 23, 2018

Spring Break is a time of fun and relaxation for college students across the nation. Here are some ways our Editorial Staff likes to spend the week. Self Care Spring Break Brooklyn Dennison Editor-in-Chief For some, Spring Break is a time for excitement and travel, for others, ...

Breaking the Silence on Gun Violence

Breaking the Silence on Gun Violence

By Julian Curet, News Contributor

March 6, 2018

Within the borders of our country, there exists a silence as deafening as the hail of bullets raining down on our citizens. That silence is as strong as the walls of our governing institutions. It extends as far as the power of privilege extends through time and space. The silence exists to drown out...

The Vagaina Monologues: Benefitting Women, Providing LGBTQ Inclusion

The audience waits in E.J. Thomas Hall for the start of The Vagina Monologues.

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2018

On Feb. 3, the Women’s Studies Program and Multicultural Center at The University of Akron sponsored this year’s performance of “The Vagina Monologues,” a compelling play by Eve Ensler that provided an emotional rollercoaster for many of its viewers. “The Vagina Monologues” was written in 1...

Campus Safety for People with Disabilities

David Tiller, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, explains why stairwells are a safe place for people with disabilities to seek refuge.

By Megan Parker, News Contributor

March 2, 2018

During a false fire alarm instance in Leigh Hall, I was on the third floor wondering how to get out of the building. As a student with physical disabilities, I started thinking about what other people with disabilities should do in emergency events. Mark Beers, Emergency Management Coordinator, said safety ...

Diversity: A Commitment or a Buzzword?

Buchtelite file photo.

By Robert Barrett, Jr., Copy Editor

March 2, 2018

Is diversity just a buzzword for universities or is it a true mission? Throughout the 2000s, diversity on college campuses has received extra emphasis throughout university administrations across the United States. Universities have made strides to show that their campuses are diverse places of le...

Valentine’s Date Ideas

The Buchtelite wishes its readers a very Happy Valentine's Day. (Graphic courtesy of Public Domain Pictures)

By The Buchtelite Editorial Staff

February 12, 2018

Shop N’ Date Brooklyn Dennison Editor-in-Chief Do you have trouble picking out an outfit for date night on Valentine's Day? I know I sure do.Why don’t you go shopping with your significant other and pick out each other's outfits! It’s a great way to bond and have a good...

Memories of Akron Christmases Past

The Buchtelite Editorial Staff.

By The Buchtelite Editorial Staff

December 20, 2017

Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief Ice Skating at Lock 3 I had never explored the holiday events at Akron until I went ice skating at Lock 3 a few years ago when my significant other took me ice skating for our first date. I had no idea how to ice skate, and it was probably a hazardous choice for th...

Saving your Wallet: Tips to Save Money on Textbooks

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By Ben Sewell, Guest Writer

December 16, 2017

For many college students, one experience that is shared is the price of textbooks. The University of Akron senior Grant Holtzapple, recalling a particularly expensive semester,  said every single textbook he was required to get for the courses were the newest edition and after totaling them th...

De-stress During Finals at Bierce

(Buchtelite file photo)

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2017

As finals week arrives, students seem to have similar feelings: anxiety over their exams and relief that the semester is over. For instance, Makayla Enriques, an Anthropology senior said she just can’t wait to be finished with classes. Her birthday is during finals week, she said, which she is lo...

Idea: Monetary Incentive for Students

Students at The University of Akron work on their coursework.

By Elena DellaValle, Guest Writer

December 5, 2017

How exciting would it be if universities paid students for their good grades? Think about it; college can be a challenging experience, so receiving money for hard-earned A’s would be a tangible incentive in addition to the feeling of accomplishment from getting a good grade. The University of Akr...

How to Stay Sane During Finals Week

How to Stay Sane During Finals Week

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

November 20, 2017

 Finals Week. These two words are sure to make every college student’s heart race. It’s the time of the semester where students scurry to solidify their grades. The University of Akron’s finals week starts Dec. 11 and ends Dec. 15. Finals week can be a rough time for college students. Nonstop s...

Halloween Tricks and Treats

The editorial staff of The Buchtelite wishes its readers a safe and happy Halloween. (Public domain image)

By The Buchtelite Editorial Staff

October 28, 2017

Halloween can be a fun time, especially for college students. However, the holiday can also be unsafe if precautions aren't taken. Because of this, The editors of The Buchtelite have given you some tips and advice to stay safe during the holiday. The tips range from drinking alcohol safely to pumpkin carvi...

The Showing of Paragraph 175 for National Coming Out Day

By Brooklyn Dennison, Editor-in-Chief

October 21, 2017

Last Wednesday, The Zips Programming Network highlighted National Coming Out Day, a day most members of the LQBTQIA+ may celebrate, by showing “Paragraph 175,” a documentary about the persecution of gay men and women in Germany during the Third Reich. The documentary said that under Paragraph 17...

Shield Yourself Against the Flu

(Photo courtesy of UPMC MyHealth Matters.)

By Meenakshi Kodati, Correspondent

October 12, 2017

The month of October means that flu season is just around the corner. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. We at The Buchtelite care about your health and well...

UA Should Have More Left-Handed Desks to Become More of an Equal Opportunity Campus

A group of right-handed desks in a Kolbe lecture hall.

By Adam Long and Amelia Dyck

October 2, 2017

An appropriate desk is arguably the most important item required in a classroom in order to facilitate learning. However, this basic need may not be met at The University of Akron. In a recent statistics class project, more than 200 students were sampled and approximately 16 percent were found to b...

Dismay at front page photo

November 29, 2016

As a financial supporter and a graduate of the University of Akron [sic], I want to put on record my dismay at the front page color photo of a young lady holding up a sign containing an obscenity in the November 17 edition of The Buchtelite.  I never use that language; there are far better ways to exp...

Before signing the lease

By Riley McMahon,

November 14, 2016

One of the best parts about going to college is living on your own. Many students spend their freshman year living in a dorm, experiencing all of the firsts as a college student. Then, as a sophomore, they begin looking for something a little more grown up. This is the part in students’ college car...

OK ladies, let’s get information

By Abigail Bashor,

October 31, 2016

When you ask most adults what their feelings toward the 2016 presidential election are, oftentimes a resounding groan or exasperated sigh is the answer you are met with. Ask millennials, and the response is not all that dissimilar. Still, a striking difference between the two groups remains: voter t...

Shared governance violated

October 26, 2016

Regarding UA Ambassador Megan Hanft’s Oct. 24 guest viewpoint “Wilson, president at perfect time”: While all indications may be that the previously interim administrators (interim president and interim provost) are capable managers, making them permanent officers without formally discussing the...

Wilson, president at perfect time

By Megan Hanft,

October 24, 2016

Professor Matthew Wilson transformed into President Matthew Wilson within a matter of months. He has created a whole new aura for The University of Akron that makes people feel comfortable on their campus, and he regularly engages with students and always appears at as many events as possible. Wi...

Stop using #repealthe19th

By Dominic Grossi,

October 19, 2016

#repealthe19th Have you seen it? A recent Snopes article made a slight downplay of the trending hashtag, with a claim that most of the hashtag’s use was to defame and denounce the hashtag itself. Yet, anyone with a Twitter account can and is encouraged to go into their Twitter search and look fo...

Response Op-Ed: Wrong to imply endorsement

By Sadie Thorman

October 17, 2016

Re Nick Golina’s article of Oct. 13, 2016, “Danger to Title IX: Enough is Enough – Time for UA College Republicans to withdraw support for Trump” Our College Republican chapter understands that this election is controversial. Passion for politics is important, regardless of ideology. Our membe...

Letter to the editor 10-13-16

October 12, 2016

In the past weeks I have been thoroughly disgusted by some of the grotesque images and regressive messages I have seen and heard on campus. I completely agree with anyone who is offended by them, however, I do not agree (as forty of [The Buchtelite’s] online poll respondents do) that they should be banned ...

Danger to Title IX: Enough is Enough

By Nick Golina,

October 12, 2016

On behalf of the Aspiring Educators Program at The University of Akron, it is the position of our organization that, indeed, enough is enough. There is no excuse for Trump’s recent comments that suggest that he is guilty of not just blatant misogyny, but sexual assault of women. The implications o...

The Slow, Painful Death of Decency in Politics

By David Trujillo,

October 5, 2016

In 1992, George H. W. Bush got hammered by the news media and general public for checking his watch while at one of the Presidential debates. Acting like he wanted the event to be over was considered rude, and unbecoming. Fast-forward to 2016. While Barack Obama delivers a powerful and moving eulogy for ...

Why UA’s Starbucks aren’t worth your buck

By Jesse Harper,

October 5, 2016

The Starbucks that litter The University of Akron’s campus are, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the most unorganized, ill-managed, and poorly-functioning Starbucks that I have ever seen. The beverage quality is appalling, with the appalling beverage quality comes drinks that are far from worth the pri...

Response to ‘A bad showing for students’

You know who these people are. They were here last week.

October 3, 2016

I read [the Buchtelite’s editorial of Sept. 29 called “A bad showing for students”] because it focused on that group. The one that comes on campus every semester since I attended (and before). The group that ignites fear and frustration, debates and fights, among the community. My experiences...

Donald Trump and the threat to the international mindset

By Nick Golina,

September 26, 2016

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has a very selective nostalgia on decades and trends that have collectively framed the American identity. Trump seems to have an appreciation for the 1950s, when social harmony between people from all walks of life was not a pressing issue of the American...

Let’s talk with: John Zipp

September 15, 2016

Below is the second installment of The Buchtelite’s “Let’s talk with” series. This week’s letter is from John Zipp, professor of sociology and president and spokesperson for the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors (Akron-AAUP), the faculty union. Zipp is also ...

Go Red for Women luncheon

By Noor Najjar, Student Writer

May 4, 2016

Life is full of many great moments to cherish such as weddings, anniversaries, college acceptances, and graduations. Many pre-med students probably know that the number one non-communicable disease and killer in the United States is heart disease, with many risk factors such as bad diet, genetics, and...

Volunteer for Hunger walk by the Akron Area Interfaith Council

By Noor Najjar, Student Writer

April 27, 2016

As a Muslim-American living in the United States, I oftentimes find myself questioning a core aspect on which this great nation was built: freedom of religion. Elections are nearing and Donald Trump is being censored for his comments in regard to Muslims in the United States — shocking comments that s...

What every Zip should know about sexual assault

What every  Zip should know about sexual assault

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

April 6, 2016

The National Institute of Justice estimates that “for every 1,000 women attending a college or university, there are 35 incidents of rape each academic year.” Female students are considered to be one of the most vulnerable age groups for sexual assault. The first six weeks of college are consid...

Zips must take a stand against sexual assault

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

April 6, 2016

This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Campus sexual assault has long been an issue and in 2016, it is more visible than ever. Many groups -from student activists, dean of students, and Greek life to the White House administration – are taking action.   It is time for all of us to take a stand. Ac...

Who we’re voting for

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

March 31, 2016

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) held a first-rate debate yesterday in which the characters, opinions and platforms of its presidential and vice presidential candidates were well illumined. Both pairs of candidates are impressive and unequivocally well-qualified. But though the Isaac Lamp...

Iran’s Parliamentary Elections Show the Success of the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Nicholas Golina, Student Writer

March 30, 2016

On February 28, 2016, BBC News reported that the reformist parties of Iran have recently gained 30 seats in the parliamentary elections as well as gaining greater influence within the Assembly of Experts, which the clerical body in charge of choosing the next supreme leader of Iran. This recent gain in...

The coddling of the student mind

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

March 28, 2016

A movement has risen among America’s universities to clean campuses of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. In September 2015, Greg Lukianoff, president of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist and professor...

Importance of formulating political beliefs

Importance of formulating political beliefs

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

March 28, 2016

For many freshmen in college, this is the first time they are able to vote in a big election; being knowledgeable about candidates, issues, and politics in general is key. Though it is apparent through The Buchtelite’s political Campus Voice segments of the past few weeks, many Zips have said politics...

USG should take action after survey

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

March 17, 2016

Several weeks ago, at a time when tension ran high on campus after the Faculty Senate’s overwhelming no-confidence vote in President Scott Scarborough, UA’s Undergraduate Student Government issued a comprehensive survey to its constituents because its leadership was hesitant to act without a clear...

A voice to be heard

By Youngbin Jeong, Student Writer

March 16, 2016

Many people, especially younger generations, are discouraged by politics and voting due to negative publicity and information from news and peers. Many students show an expression of discontent about politicians and achievements by governments of any level because they believe politicians are not act...

Students need a microwave in Bierce Library

By Tyra Porter, Student Writer

March 16, 2016

Bierce Library offers a variety of resources for students. For instance, we have librarians to help students with research and a tutoring lab for math and writing. Students can rent laptops and movies. We have a place to eat lunch in Einstein Bagels on the first floor However, Bierce Library is ...

‘Death of a Student’

By Allyson Smith, Student Writer

March 16, 2016

As a student at the University of Akron, I am weary and appalled by the current state of "politics" impacting our campus. In response, I wrote the following poem:   My parents aren’t rich but I’ve got a 3.8. They don’t know anyone… but my resume is great! “Well, that’s to...


By Melissa Lawrence, Student Writer

March 16, 2016

In today’s society, majority of college students are working while they are in college to help them pay for their schooling, or just to make some extra money. Usually wherever they are working, their place of employment attempts to work around the times they are in class, but what happens when their...

Vote to invest more in college education

By Collin Hayes, Student Writer

March 9, 2016

“…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin Last Friday, the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) released a report detailing the effects of the tax plans proposed by the six major remaining candidates for president. Among...

Political apathy on campus

By Alex Belovich

March 9, 2016

The March 3rd edition of The Buchtelite asked what students thought about Clinton and Trump’s wins on Super Tuesday. What shocked me is that some of the respondents didn’t seem to know or care about the Super Tuesday primaries, or they didn’t believe paying attention to politics should be a priority...

Sanders should have your vote

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

March 9, 2016

No other presidential candidate has done more to inspire millennials than the oldest presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Sander’s proposal for free public college education and his intent to finance the program through an excise tax on Wall Street trades hits home for public university...

It’s wrong not to use your right

By Diana Nikolic, Student Writer

March 7, 2016

Having moved to Akron, Ohio from Australia, I have always wondered why voting, by many, is considered unimportant in the United States. Being born and raised in a country that enforces mandatory voting, I consider voting a necessity in the decisions of the future. The excuse I hear most often from p...

Technology has replaced our desire for human interactions

Technology has replaced our desire for human interactions

By Ryan Herhold, Student Writer

March 7, 2016

As I walked to class last Thursday evening, I was greeted with a frigid wind whipping through the air, yet I felt colder from the students around me at the corner than any of the snow falling. Everyone was staring intently on their phone, as if the world around them had disappeared completely into the...

Spoiled second attempt to raise tuition

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

March 5, 2016

The University of Akron will be refunding students up to $4.1 million for an improperly increased facilities fee included in UA’s 2015 - 2016 budget. This marks the second time state officials have caught and shut down UA’s attempts to circumvent Ohio’s prohibition on raising tuition at publ...


By Youngbin Jeong

March 2, 2016

On social media, #NeverTrump is the one of the biggest movements related to the presidential race. Despite Donald Trump’s audacious insults towards women, Hispanics, Muslims, the disabled, and immigrants, he is receiving abundant support from voters and politicians. Donald Trump’s campaign has b...

Make summer of 2016 matter

By Kaitlin Erdman, Student Writer

March 2, 2016

As we approach the halfway mark of the semester and roll into the summer, many Zips out there may be starting to wonder: how can I make this summer worthwhile? To some it will mean cramming in some extra classes to graduate early. Others may pledge to relax and enjoy four months of freedom. To many,...

All it takes is a vote

All it takes is a vote

By Zachary Jones, Student Writer

March 2, 2016

Election season is easily one of the most turbulent occasions that America experiences. Rarely are people as divisive, and adults as petty as when their favored candidate squares off against the opposing party. Just as disappointing is the average citizen’s proclivity to back anything said by their ...

Why C’s don’t get degrees

Why C's don't get degrees

By Kortney Ferrell, Student Writer

February 24, 2016

A huge pet peeve of mine is hearing students say, “I do not care what my grade is, as long as I pass.” When I was an undergraduate and lived by this phrase for several years. Since then I have graduated with a passing, but lower than most, grade point average. When I graduated, I applied for several posi...

Professionalism beyond the pitch

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

February 24, 2016

Professionalism is more than a suit, a firm handshake, and a résumé. Actions might speak louder than words, and for many students this holds true no matter how grand they are at articulating their sentences; however, authenticity must not be sacrificed for the sake of image, because insincere person...

The all-white Oscar ballot

By Brooke Griffin, Student Writer

February 24, 2016

African-American actors and actresses have been snubbed year after year when it comes to the Oscars. This year was no different, when an all-white ballot was announced for the second year in a row. Actors including Will Smith, Michael B. Jordan, and Idris Elba are a few of the African-American ac...

Now in right direction, USG must use its voice

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

February 17, 2016

On Monday, the Undergraduate Student Government emailed a survey to all undergraduate students. The questionnaire is meant to collect student opinion on the University’s leadership. In the past, USG has voiced little support or scorn for the changes made and proposed by this University’s admi...

Holistic approach to conquering mental illness

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

February 17, 2016

As a former University of Akron resident assistant, I have dealt with students who faced anxiety attacks, fainting episodes from stress, induced anorexia, headaches, migraines, nosebleeds, sleepless nights, depression and many other stress-related illnesses. As a college student myself, I too have face...

Half a century later, King’s dream lives on

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

February 10, 2016

During this brisk season, the country trembled with the shouts of civil rights activists who fought for the right to realize their dream: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America now stands in the symbolic shadow of an empathetic leader whose legacy, amongst many other influential peop...

Experiencing diversity abroad

Experiencing diversity abroad

By Wesley Harrington, Student Writer

February 10, 2016

My name is Wesley Harrington and I am a graduating senior here at The University of Akron. I had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England, in the fall of 2014 at Richmond University. The campus is located in the borough of Kensington, which is on the west side of the city. During my five mon...

Music with a message

Music with a message

By Brooke Griffin, Student Writer

February 10, 2016

Music is nothing without meaning behind the message. Music is a display of an artist’s ability to showcase the world a bit of what’s happening in the current time. The day before her Super Bowl performance this past Sunday, Beyoncé broke the internet once again with her latest video “Formation....

Missed opportunity for reconciliation

UA graduate student Tom Guarino approaches asking questions to Vice President for Advancement Larry Burns, who turns back inside to return to the banquet.

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

February 3, 2016

Correction: Palmisano was walking into the building, not out, when, after further clarification by demonstrator Ashley Bair, whom Palmisano's remark was directed toward, he said, "I have no confidence..." not "We have no confidence..." After yesterday’s Honors College ceremony (see here), UA trustee ...

Why cultural diversity matters in college

Why cultural diversity matters in college

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

February 3, 2016

Throughout the month of February, students here at The University of Akron are encouraged to join in and celebrate Black History Month. It is a time of the year where the student body and surrounding communities are educated on the knowledge, pride, understanding, and empowerment of the African-Amer...

Welcome back, Zips

Welcome back, Zips

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

January 27, 2016

Welcome back – back to classes and professors, back to assignments and tests, back to busyness and stress, back to organizations and involvement. The University you attend – the University to which you pay great amounts of money, and dedicate so much time – is in a massive period of change....

UA campus dining nutritional plan

UA campus dining nutritional plan

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

January 27, 2016

With spring semester in session and winter weather fluctuating, students cannot help but evaluate their eating habits aside from whether or not they like their new class schedules. Whether you reside on campus and pay for a meal plan or commute from home where family dinner is served, it is important...

Happy holidays from The Buchtelite

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

December 9, 2015

Tomorrow marks the last day of fall classes. After the weekend, finals will try to claim our sanity. But once finals are over, the much-anticipated winter break begins. Before we know it, spring semester will be upon us, and the college cycle will continue. And we’ll be here. We promise to do ou...

How many times must we ask for transparency?

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

December 3, 2015

Last Sunday the Akron Beacon Journal ran a full-page ad signed by seven of Akron’s prominent business executives, which exhorted readers to put faith in the changes at UA and “come together” to support it. Near the bottom of the ad in smaller letters read: “Paid for by the Friends of The U...

Why we feel guilty for taking care of ourselves

Why we feel guilty for taking care of ourselves

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion-Editor

December 2, 2015

The other night I was sprawled out in my apartment with the covers pulled up to my neck. I started watching the infamous Buzzfeed videos on my laptop, then suddenly found myself watching Ted Talks a few hours later. I began to think of all of the things on my to-do list and important times I had yet t...

Celebrate the season without the stressors

By Natalyia Calhoun, Student Writer

December 2, 2015

During the holiday season, many students are more prone to stress than any other time of the year. Stress could be the result of frantically getting the perfect gifts together for loved ones, friends, and even roommates. Even the thought of what to eat, how to prepare, and where it will all take plac...

‘We Will Be Heard and Understood’

By Angel Poole, President of Black Students United

November 24, 2015

As a student leader on campus of Black Students United (BSU), I feel it is my obligation to help provide a social, educational, and a cultural setting that will serve to enrich and enhance the collegiate experience of Black students and other underrepresented students, faculty, and staff at The Unive...

Thoughts on Akron Press Club meeting

By Keirsten Heckel

November 18, 2015

As one of the four students that attended the Akron Press Club Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 18, I noticed something that I have not seen with President Scarborough before: he seemed more engaged with the audience and ready to be transparent. Scarborough started the event off with first asking the audience...

A ‘normal meeting’

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

November 18, 2015

UA President Scott Scarborough began his Akron Press Club speech yesterday by pulling out the dry erase markers and telling the audience he was going to run it like he does “normal meetings” with “faculty, staff, or students.” He asked audience members to raise their hand and propose topics, ...

What Trump gets wrong about gun violence

By Paul Clifford

November 18, 2015

During a Student Government-organized Town Hall meeting on Nov. 16, students openly asked UA Vice President of Advancement Larry Burns, and the new Director of Athletics Lawrence Williams questions about several prevalent issues on campus. In the discussion’s final minutes, a concern on concealed carry ro...

Students as ‘customers’

By Buchtelite Editorial Board

November 11, 2015

  UA President Scott Scarborough recently appeared on the cover of the November issue of the Akron/Canton SmartBusiness magazine. A business magazine? Figures. But “smart” business? That’s questionable. Regardless, UA administrators have been far too fond of likening the Univ...

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